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Insects (assorted) Page 14

Image Taken on 03 May 2011 at 08:19    Image of day on 02 Jun 2011

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2010 at 13:53    Image of day on 11 Sep 2010

These Long-winged Conehead Cricket are quite hard to spot on the Hop Sedge. The antenna on the left is about 20% out of crop, whilst the apparently short vertical one is full length but foreshortened by pointing at the camera. Don't be conned by the short wings - this is an immature insect and the wings are not yet fully developed - the telling detail is at the tail end.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 14:36    Image of day on 30 Sep 2010

Cricket & Grasshopper are broadly differentiated by the former having very long antennae. This is a Long-winged Conehead Cricket female.
The book description "antennae longer than the body" does not even begin to express the staggering length!

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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2022 at 14:20    Image of day on 16 Aug 2022

The left pic is about half-an-hour earlier than the two on the right (just 400mS apart) as probably the same Magpie takes some sort of caterpillar to the Meadow Post, undoubtedly on the way to a demanding youngster. On the right the Magpie seems to be deliberately Jamming the insects into a crack in the top of the post.
Woodpeckers do this to steady nuts to break open - quite why a Magpie would do this doesn't seem obvious.

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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2023 at 12:08    Image of day on 02 Nov 2023

Mallow flowers grow in convenient cracks along the edge of the access track. While photographing this pair of open and opening flowers we didn't even notice that there was a Green Shieldbug perched on the group of buds. Good Camouflage.

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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2021 at 11:14    Image of day on 17 Aug 2021

The Marmalade Hover-fly stops on this buttercup, only a bit bigger than the insect.

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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2021 at 12:13    Image of day on 17 Aug 2021

Another Marmalade Hover-fly, this time hovering over the much larger Rose of Sharon flower.
As well as drinking nectar they eat honeydew and pollen, so this one is above a feast!

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 09:58    Image of day on 05 Aug 2018

A Marmalade Hover-fly stops off for a feed at this Oxeye Daisy flower.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 14:36    Image of day on 30 Sep 2010

Grasshoppers are very hard to ID accurately - they are amazingly varied at various stages of their lives & their calls can also be important.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2021 at 11:14    Image of day on 02 Oct 2021

Each year the Mint plants around the house attract these starting glowing Mint Beetles.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2020 at 11:56    Image of day on 15 Oct 2020

An individual Mint Beetle gives us a good view of the carapace's Gorgeous iridescence.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2019 at 05:27    Image of day on 23 Jul 2019

What is called a Mint Beetle, living up to it's name, on a Mint leaf.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2020 at 11:55    Image of day on 15 Oct 2020

2 Mint Beetles doing their thing on a mint plant.

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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2020 at 16:24    Image of day on 17 Aug 2020

Mint beetles on err - Mint, working hard at making more Mint Beetles.

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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2019 at 10:38    Image of day on 03 Aug 2019

This seems to have been a bumper year for Mint Beetles. The Mint started early in the atypically warm Spring, and these Beetles are making the most of it.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:28    Image of day on 04 Nov 2015

What seems to be a mint Leaf Beetle on a, err, Mint leaf.
It is about the size of a typical Ladybird.

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2022 at 16:41    Image of day on 28 Jul 2022

Each year a Mullein plant pops up from a crack in a concrete block blocking the unused end of our access track. This year the block-bound plant has been 'invaded' by Mullein Moth Caterpillars who have stripped the plant of leaves and left it to wither.
Will we see the plant again next year? Most probably!

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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2017 at 16:07    Image of day on 01 Aug 2017

In a Pot by the back door a self set Great Mullein plant has attracted the attention of at least 5 of these Mullein Moth caterpillars (seems appropriate). The Adult moth looks like a 'piece of twig' we have probably seen but have never photographed. The Caterpillar has this warning colouration - 'Eat me at your Peril'
The caterpillar is facing right - the 3 legs each side at the right are the 3 standard 3 legs per side of insects - the rest are called 'Prolegs'.

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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2017 at 16:09    Image of day on 01 Aug 2017

A view of a Mullein Moth caterpillar showing less detail of the legs but highlighting the damage to the Great Mullein plant leaves.

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Image Taken on 24 Aug 2020 at 12:12    Image of day on 11 Oct 2020

To put the above image into some context:-
Approaching the blocked gate we startled away a female Reeve's Muntjac Deer who ran off down the crop edge and through the hedge. We thought we heard one or two 'barks' from the Deer as she went. As we moved through the gate this young Deer stood looking at us. This moment catches a fly landing below her left eye, and her tongue whipping out to flip it away. The fly you see at the top of the tongue is actually in-flight, with the insect's shadow roughly where the fly originally was.

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